Poorly Projected Pictures recently competed in the 2007 48 Hour Film Project among 55 entries in Portland, OR. We made it to the finals and won Best Musical Score.
Our Genre: Musical or Western (We chose Musical)
Character: Ray or Rachel Schwarz, Quality Control Expert
Line of Dialog: "Do you smell what I smell?"
You can view Heart Break Break In here: http://colonelcrush.com/movie/index/00240001
Our singers rocked! The only vocal processing is some overall EQ (I went one way on the voices and another on the music to help keep them from mushing together), and the multi-band compression and limiting of the final master. (My apologies for the MP3 coding. It's terrible on this for some reason.) The first recordings I did were too hot - I used a new mic and an unfamiliar process for tracking. I wasn't prepared for how loud the singers could belt it out. (Including my daughter, who plays Jenine.)
Doing a 48-hour film is bad enough. Doing a 48-hour musical is murder. Usually, the composer sleeps until Sunday, then starts work on the overnight edits. For this musical, I was writing, composing, making temp tracks, and recording vocals. We put the music on an iPod/boom box for lip sync'ing. They didn't start filming until Saturday night.
I woke at 4am Sunday, and composed the one straight-through song. (The opening scene.) The other pieces were snippets connected by dialog and various video.) My first locked scene came in at noon Sunday. We had to drive to Portland at 6:30 pm. I composed until about 5:30 pm and mixed like a dog. (the final scene wasn't even shot until 2:30 pm.) The version on the website has a more even mix (but a crummy mp3) compared to the delivered version.
Anyway, it was an exciting experience, and was the second year that we participated. If you haven't scored a 48-hour film, you haven't lived!